Poona educated urologistâ€™s leadership has made the Desai Sethi Urology Institute in Miami one of Americaâ€™s foremost centers
Dipen Parekh, MD, Indian American founding director of theÂ Desai Sethi Urology InstituteÂ at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded the SushrutaÂ Award by the Indian American Urological Association (IAUA).
The IAUA Sushruta Award is given to Indians who have supported and advanced not only the field of urology, but also served as advocates for Indian urologists.
The IAUA, an affiliation of the American Urological Association, consists of more than 600 Indian urologists practicing in the US.Â Each year, the IAUA votes on a current member who has contributed significantly to the field of medicine and has performed noteworthy charitable work in the US and abroad.
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â€œAs an Indian American, this award is even more special as I was selected not only by my colleagues in urology but by those in the IAUA,â€ Dr. Parekh stated. â€œI have dedicated my career to advancing the specialty with many proud milestones along the way, this recognition being one of them.â€
Dr. Parekh is being honored for hisÂ strong leadership as the chief operating officer of UHealth â€“ University of Miami Health System and as the founding director of the Desai Sethi Urology Institute, according to a press release.
Among his many accomplishments, he has supported female hires in a male-dominated field, recruited top minds in urology and other fields such as biomedical engineering and advanced innovations to improve patient care and urology research.
He also focuses on training the next generation of urologists who will continue the instituteâ€™s mission of advancing the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of urological diseases.
â€œDespite being such a powerhouse, Dr. Parekh is extremely approachable and cares about each faculty memberâ€™s personal careerÂ success,â€ stated Raveen Syan, IAUA board member and assistant professor of clinical urology at the Desai Sethi Urology Institute.
â€œOne of his greatest skills as a leader is trusting those he hires. He supports rather than micromanages, so everyone feels as responsible for the success of our department as he does.â€
Dr Parekh, who earned his medical degree at the University of Poona, India, has transformed academic medicine in the field of urology. His leadership has made the Desai Sethi Urology Institute one of the nationâ€™s foremost centers, with numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, the release stated.
â€œDr. Parekh has made outstanding contributions to the field worthy of recognition,â€ stated Anurag K. Das, chief of urology at the Smith Institute for Urology at Staten Island and president of the IAUA.Â â€œHis leadership in urology has made the Miami program reach new levels of success.â€
“With a singular vision for excellence, Dr. Parekh is enhancing innovation and multidisciplinary collaboration for the good of patients everywhere,â€ stated Henri R. Ford, dean and chief academic officer of the Miller School.
â€œHe continues to expand his legacy at the Miller School through his renowned research, mentorship and leadership in our academic health system.â€